Proper drainage a basic responsibility

Chong (right) inspects the soil erosion affecting the landowner.

KUCHING: The Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) has been urged to address the drainage problems affecting landowners under its jurisdiction.

Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen said councils collect assessment rates from landowners and house owners and providing a proper drainage system should be among its basic responsibilities.

Alluding to an elderly landowner who recently complained of drainage problem stemming from soil erosion, he said this has not been addressed by MPP.

“The landowner of Lot 161A has lived there for more than 40 years and had dutifully paid the assessment rates to the council all these years.

“Yet, because of the improper design of the drainage system by MPP, she suffers damage to her property,” he said on Tuesday.

Chong said the landowner has approached the MPP to resolve the problem but to no avail and turned to him to write to MPP on her (landowner’s) behalf.

“The drainage design approved by MPP has allowed water from the concrete drains from the main road of Jalan Semaba, Lorong 7, 9 and 10 thereof to be discharged through the natural earth drain along Lot 161.

“This caused severe soil erosion along the boundary of Lot 161A, and thus causing the sinking of the concrete slab on Lot 161A adjacent to the earth drain and the building structure thereon,” he said.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said the council’s excuse that its funding cannot be used to repair private properties is not valid.

“The damage to the private property was caused by the irresponsible actions of the council in allowing access water from its designed drains to discharge through a private drain, thereby causing damage to private property.

“Therefore, I urge MPP to quickly remedy the situation by constructing a concrete drain to replace the earth drain before any further unfortunate incident happens. This is the basic responsibility of MPP as the collector of assessment rates”.